OUR INSTITUTION'S INTERNATIONAL (EU AND NON-EU) STRATEGY
By applying for the Erasmus Charter, our school wants to express its wish to take part in this program. It forms part of our strategy to carry out the modernisation and internationalisation of our institution. Our international strategy includes the following points:
How we will choose our partners
Currently, our school is taking part in several European programs promoting mobility and cooperation between European schools. Erasmus, Comenius, Etwinning, and Leonardo da Vinci have given us the opportunity to get in touch with schools and business in different countries in Europe: Italy, France, Germany, Malta, Switzerland, Romania and Poland, and we still have a close relationship with them. Through these contacts, we hope to establish future alliances with other higher education schools and businesses in their environment. At the same time, we are in contact with the Network FP, a network involving more than 20 European cities which enhances the quality of vocational training and improves the transition of students to their workplace through management practices and stays in European enterprises. In our search for partners, the chambers of commerce will also be our allies, since they are institutions interested in promoting the international expansion of business. Finally, we would like to mention that nowadays through the use of information technologies and communication we are looking for enterprises to carry out mobility practice.
We want to move in the European Union because it is the geographical framework in which we live and interact more closely. We are mainly interested in Italian, English, and French speaking countries, either as a first or second language.
Major objectives and target groups of the mobility activities.
Nowadays our centre is accomplishing only students mobility through the Erasmus Program to practice and gain experience in companies. Nevertheless, some years ago we had teachers mobility , too. By applying to this Erasmus Charter, we try to achieve the following improvement goals and we address it to the following groups:
- By the student mobility for studies, students will be able to study for a period of time at a higher education institution in another European country. We want to receive and send higher vocational training students. With this mobility, students will benefit from another different educational offer and will be able to improve their language skills as well as the possibility of a cultural immersion which will enrich them. We believe that these actions will favour the training of better qualified professionals in the future. We commit ourselves to grant full recognition of the study period abroad by applying an academic credit transfer system (ECTS or compatible system), depending on the case. We also promise to have up-todate courses annually, as well as to carry out the necessary documentation to establish agreements of studies and certify the obtained results.
- By the student mobility for traineeships, students will be able to receive training in an enterprise or organisation in another European country for a period of time. Up till now, we only were a centre that sent students to receive training in European enterprises, but we intend to expand this section and we would also like to receive students. Through these activities, students will aim to acquire professional experience and know the demands of the labour market at European level. Students will acquire specific skills and improve their understanding of the economic and social environment. Such practices will be recognized by an academic credit transfer system (ECTS or compatible system).
- By the staff mobility, teachers of our institution and teachers of our institutions partners , as well as the staff of the enterprises, will be able to teach. Students who cannot participate in a mobility will have the chance to access to the knowledge and experience of professional teachers from other countries. We will also encourage the exchange of experiences on pedagogical methods and expand the range of courses we are offering.
- By the staff mobility to receive training in business or institutions of higher education, our teaching staff will be able to develop practical skills and afterwards transmit them to their students. Being formed to teach better. We also want to extend this mobility to the non-teaching staff of our centre so that they can enrich themselves by sharing experiences and good practices that they can put into practice in their jobs later on.
OUR INSTITUTION'S STRATEGY FOR THE ORGANISATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF INTERNATIONAL (EU AND NON-EU) COOPERATION PROJECTS IN TEACHING AND TRAINING IN RELATION TO PROJECTS IMPLEMENTED UNDER THE PROGRAMME.
We would also like to include international cooperation in the strategy of modernisation and internationalisation of our institution.
During the six-year span of the Erasmus Charter, we hope to enter into an alliance with enterprises in order to promote innovation, enterprising spirit and strategic alliances with partner institutions and businesses, as well as with other institutions to promote transversal cooperation in the field of education. We want to cooperate within the framework of balanced and sustainable results for all partners in future plans.
Basically, the main objectives that are moving us to participate in a project of international cooperation are: to enhance the professional development of staff and students and to contribute to the modernisation of our institution.
We also believe that these cross-border cooperation Projects can be a wonderful opportunity for our students, opening new horizons and prospects of work and providing a wider cultural background for them.
According to this, we commit ourselves to:
- Receive or send staff and /or students.
- Provide support measures at institutional, departmental and administrative level to allow participants of the project to carry out their work.
- Ensure the wide diffusion of the activities and its way of funding, as well as highlight the results of the project through the use of the Internet, presentations, posters, and other activities, so that our entire academic community, higher education institutions and other partners (enterprises, educational authorities, organizations, associations, etc.) get to know about it.
We hope to have the support and help of all our institutions. To get it, we will foster the participation of students and nonteaching staff in these projects.
THE EXPECTED IMPACT OF OUR PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAMME ON THE MODERNISATION OF OUR INSTITUTION (FOR EACH OF THE 5 PRIORITIES OF THE MODERNISATION AGENDA*) IN TERMS OF THE POLICY OBJECTIVES WE INTEND TO ACHIEVE.
By taking part in this Program we want to contribute to carry out the five priorities of the European modernisation agenda, and thereby, contribute to the modernisation of our centre.
A key objective for us is to motivate students to study higher education since we will be able to offer them the chance to study and receive training abroad. They will have the possibility to be trained as better professionals thanks to the acquisition of the additional skills required. By participating in the program, in the modalities that we are suggesting, we would work on the modernisation agenda to increase the number of graduates in higher education, improve the quality of teaching, so that students may have the knowledge and basic skills required to be successful at work, and finally, offer students more opportunities to acquire additional skills thanks to the possibility of studying abroad while promoting cooperation between countries.
We want higher education to be more attractive and of higher quality. We aim to promote information and communication technologies of the institution. Currently, Our centre has two wired networks. We also have a wireless wifi network and a virtual classroom based on a moodle platform and hosted at the Department of Education. Our improvement policy aims to promote the activities carried out on that platform by creating, for example, forums within the virtual classroom to encourage communication between students and teachers, between partners or between enterprises and educational centres. As a complementary current monitoring strategy ,it would be of great interest to monitor the mobilities which are currently based only on emails and the phone. We are also considering to adopt the WhatsApp application. With this application we could create groups and, in addition to sending and receiving messages via Internet, we could Exchange pictures, videos and audio posts. The monitoring of the mobilities will be of higher quality.
Another important thing for us in our strategy to modernise the centre is the close contact with the companies which we collaborate with and will cooperate in the future.
By the teaching staff mobility, in addition to strengthening the bond between education, research and businesses, we will have the opportunity to stay up to date on the most innovative technologies, allowing us to update the contents of our educational offer. We will be able to form our students better, and more according to the real needs of the labour market. Funding mechanisms in support of excellence to meet the needs of the labour market will also contribute to achieve this. Businesses will have better trained employees which will ultimately promote the economic regeneration of the regions and will generate a positive impact on them.